03/13/2013 09:47 am ET Updated Mar 14, 2013

56 Countries With More Guaranteed Vacation Time Than The U.S.

If you're an American, it's likely been a while since your last paid vacation and your next one is probably a ways away.

That's because the U.S. doesn't have great vacation policies. Only 59 percent of U.S. workers have access to paid time off, according to the Labor Department. The U.S. is the only major developed country that does not require companies to give their employees a minimum number of vacation days.

In contrast, 60 countries, plus Hong Kong, require vacation time, according to the consulting firm Mercer.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post incorrectly said 61 countries require guaranteed vacation time, according to Mercer. In fact, Mercer only listed 60 countries, plus Hong Kong, which is not its own country.

Check out this list of countries with the best vacation policies:

Countries With Better Vacation Policies Than The U.S.